… or, as I call it, Wonky Bear (because it’s a bit wonky).
Well, my immediate team at work does a small gift exchange, mostly just because we’re all nice and like each other. The problem is that I suck at gift giving because I get very anxious about what to give other people. I’d randomly found something for one person, but I had no idea what to get the newer co-worker. We get along, but we are so completely different from each other (she’s an ambitious, girly, well-dressed mom … I’m none of the above!). I did have one idea, but I couldn’t find the item in question. So, I started to stress out and finally just gave myself license to cheat: I made something for her daughter. This is not something I’m in favour of doing. A person is not defined by their kids, so they should get gifts for themselves, not their kids. But, I was really at a loss about what to do. So, I caved.
Anyway, I decided to make her a wee Bailey Bear for her daughter. I had some lovely soft corderoy and some fun pink dots that I knew would be perfect for the project. I started by personalizing it with a bit of embroidery (“V” is the child’s first name’s initial):
I didn’t notice that the heart was a bit uneven until I finished it, so I just added a few daisies, which I think make it extra pretty:
I hand embroidered the face, but machine stitched the belly panel fabric on (fortunately, I happened to have matching threads):
And, here it is:
Not bad. I may make another sometime, and I definitely want to use corduroy for stuffies in the future. I love the texture.
Edit: The recipient tells me that her daughter loved it and that the small size was perfect for her because she could hold it easily. I believe that I will make a few more of these for other kids I know.